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Reset Goals by Looking Back

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Just over a week ago, I was looking at some of my SparkPeople charts and it dawned on me that I just might be able to go back to look at what I did that lead to weightloss and dropping 4 dress sizes from 2006-2008. Why? Well, I have been so terribly frustrated over these years since then. You see, I lost 35 lbs back then. At the beginning of 2009, it started creeping back until now I weigh about the same as when I started SP. Sadness but not defeat!

Over these years, I have tried hard to figure out why. I tried a lot of different things. I was decisive that I would never starve myself again or that I would make exercise the top priority of my life. I want to do more in life than exercise. Yeah, yeah, I know what the experts say and I have been told repeatedly how to go about this. But, once again, it falls back to I will not cut down so much on my cal. intake that I feel hungry most of the time and that I feel deprived.

For several years, I have increased my walking to the point of doing several marathon walks. I am super pleased - proud of my efforts and ability to do that. But, guess what? I gained instead of losing so my reasoning for keeping up that pace and prep for doing the long distance walks with all the time involved just doesn't make sense to me anymore. I have returned to school and have had to spend a lot of time on that. It is frustrating because I cannot do everything. So, what to do about the sitting so much for schoolwork and the need to lose weight?

That's where I am now, except I need to finish telling you about my discoveries in regard to how I managed to lose the weight back in 2006-2008 and what I have decided to do temporarily to see if I can repeat that or for good, if it works again.

I discovered I am eating way less than I did when I lost weight! I also have gotten unbalanced in regard to fat, carbs, and protein intake - way too low. I made copies of the charts to look at as I go and to help me keep on working at it. I have increased my calorie intake from trying to stay under 1200 calories a day to staying between 1300 and 1900 calories a day. I am working hard to preplan daily meals so that I get around 180-300 carbs, 40-65 fat, and 60-70 protein. That is on the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker. It is different than SparkPeople's recommendations, however, it is where I was from 2006-2008 when I lost the 35 lbs and dropped the dress sizes (size 18/20-10/12).

I also checked my fitness charts and found that I was doing roughly 1 hour a day of all exercises including strength training, plus a 3 hour session about once a month. So I am building back up to that. Every morning this week, I have been doing from 45 to 60 min. of strength training and 10-20 minutes of cardio. I will continue to increase the cardio slowly. In this one week, I have dropped several inches, but no weight yet. I am feeling better emotionally and breathing better. My posture has improved.

I expect this to continue. Thank you, SparkPeople for hanging on to my stats. Although it was a lot of clicking to access them, they are all there.
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    I really enjoyed reading your blog entry. I have not been here in years. Today is my first day back. You seem to have a great plan in place and it sure is inspiring to me! You do this!
    1758 days ago
    Hmm. I have had almost the same issue, except that I have only put back on about 5 pounds. Still, I keep trying to lose another 20 and nothing comes off despite so much more exercise than I did back then. I guess I need to do more digging! Good luck!
    1768 days ago
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    1768 days ago
    I know that the pounds I have "refound" were the result of slipping on several aspects. Going back to look at what I did in 2007-2008 makes me realize what changes I need to make to get the weight back off. I exercised more and ate healthier than I am currently. I've also discovered that I'm not getting as much rest as I did then, and that seems to affect my progress as well. If I know I'm going to be sitting for long periods, I turn into a wiggle worm. I also seem to focus better if I take a short break every hour or so. I try to use the break to stretch or even do 10 minutes of cardio. It helps the cobwebs in my brain disappear.

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    1768 days ago
    I stumbled upon some Spark Reports not long ago and I was surprised at all the valuable information there! My weight increased gradually from 2005-2011, even while I was here on SparkPeople doing what I thought was all the right things. Since 2011, I've lost about 40 pounds. The big difference for me was increased cardio -- first low impact and now running. Thanks so much for reminding me to keep doing what works for me!
    1770 days ago
    What a great idea to look up the stats. It's such a challenge to lose weight after it's crept back on, so congratulations for looking this square in the eye and setting some goals! emoticon
    1770 days ago
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